Absolutely! To stay aware of how far America has strayed from her founding principals.
The author is well studied and informed on the subject matter.
His sincerity and humor.
I have read the book twice but couldn't resist listening to Mr. Steyn read it. It is a compelling read from the best columnist alive. If you do not read his weekly column, you absolutely must. I am a big fan.
The sections related to lost manhood and deferred adulthood are excellent, as well as everything on dependency in general. I think Mr. Steyn is exactly right: we have stolen from the future to bribe the present. And in the process we have surrendered many of our freedoms for the "security" a benevolent government promises. It is all an illusion, and ends abruptly with a thud.
This book has pretty much the same message as the books Endgame by John Mauldin and The Real Crash by Peter Schiff. The difference here is that Steyn???s version of the American crash story has much more whit, humor and enthusiasm. He proffers the gloomiest prospective and I feel the most realistic of what will happen when no one wants to buy American bonds. Unfortunately, like the other books, most of the book is stuffed full of discussion of topics that have very little to do with the debt crisis.
Like a good comedian, Mark sees what is happening everyday and shares those observations in his own way to make us laugh. However in this books case there isn't much to laugh at, mostly gasping at the reality of how bad off the good old USA really is. I can see why the political class (both demorats & republiltards) wouldn't like this book because it is calling them out for their dishonesty.
Any friend who can find humor in our dysfunctional political system.
He says things in a funny way.
Not that kind of book.
A follow-up to Steyn's eye-opening, America Alone, After America chronicles the decline of the last best hope on earth. If it lacks the American optimism you might expect from a conservative, it's because Steyn was born in Canada and he sees America as a firewall to all the mistakes of the west. And he sees that firewall decline albeit at a slower pace than Europe. He reminds the reader that America is not great because of geography. It's great because it's an idea and has a culture that nurtures that idea. Whereas people all over Europe protest over a cut in their services, Americans protest the government doing too much. But Steyn thinks it's a last whimper rather than a lasting stand. The flood of immigration is more inclined to side with the statists than the traditionalists. And countries like Russia, China, North Korea, and Iran are pouncing on our weaknesses. The biggest trouble in Steyn's view is that a majority of Americans are either indifferent to the decline or actively cheerleading it. Steyn is often funny and during his insight, but after you laugh you kind of want to cry.
As the title says, we are much more likely to be headed for Armageddon than on any path to reform: No sign of turning, no revival.
Steyn adds wit to what is typically an academic description of America's current situation. This book is a necessary motivator, once the basic economics and history that illustrate the need for a shift away from dependency on big government are understood.
This is a great book. It tells why we need to decentralize, deregulate and take control of our futures. Why isn't AMERICA the land of Liberty ? Because we have lost our vision and our conviction that we don't need a nanny state that tells us we can't do anything in our own. Why are public school teachers retiring at 50 and getting paid 70,000 $ a year for life? Because we are paying them. And studies show that are kids are getting dumber. Push the reset button ... Listen to Mr. Steyn.
For a Canadian, or any other humanoid on the planet for that matter, Steyn has a keen interest in life, liberty and the pursuit thereof. His witty humor makes the serious subjects he covers more palatable - much like a sour pickle dipped in chocolate. Steyn is spot-on with his observations from around the world and here in North America. I am glad that Mark read his material because you can hear him cringe at some of his observations and nobody would be able to deliver the comedic timing for his subtle punch lines. Like Nostradamus, Steyn is prophetic with his observations and I am going to bet on Mark because I also see the American public very willing to take the poison pill from media and big government.